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Waterville Valley, NH

watervillevalley New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Waterville Valley
Mark Decoteau, Town Manager
PO Box 500, Town Office
Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Telephone (603) 236-4730
Fax (603) 236-2056
E-mail townofwv@watervillevalley.org
Web Site www.watervillevalley.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Grafton County District 5

Incorporated: 1829
Origin: Waterville was incorporated in 1829 from the Gillis and Foss Grant, and the John Raymond Grant. For many years the town was a popular summer resort. In 1911, the Weeks Act was passed, authorizing the federal government to purchase lands for stream-flow protection, and to maintain those lands as national forests. The first land purchases for the White Mountain National Forest were in 1914, and as a result, the town of Waterville lost a substantial amount of acreage. Major development of Waterville as a winter recreation area began about 1965. In 1967, by an act of the General Court, the town officially adopted the name Waterville Valley.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 16 residents in 1820
Population Trends: Waterville Valley had the third largest percent change in population, growing more than 17 times larger over 57 years. Despite the large percent increase, numeric population change totaled 229, from 14 in 1960 to 243 in 2017. The 2017 Census estimate for Waterville Valley was 243 residents, which ranked 230th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns, the fifth smallest community.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 3.8 persons per square mile of land area, the third lowest among the cities and towns. Waterville Valley contains 64.4 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $4,153,671
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $1,354,348
Zoning Ordinance 1973/17
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Supervisors Checklist
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Planning
Public Library Osceola

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Waterville Valley Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.25
2017 Equalization Ratio 100.2
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.22
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,201
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 899
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 111
Five or More Units in Structure 191
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 243 89,386
2010 247 89,118
2000 258 81,826
1990 151 74,998
1980 180 65,806
1970 109 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   109 Female:   82
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 0
Age 5 to 19 49
Age 20 to 34 15
Age 35 to 54 44
Age 55 to 64 35
Age 65 and over 48
Median Age 53.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 100.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 66.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $55,352
Median family income $119,688
Median household income $98,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $153,125
Female $93,333
Individuals below the poverty level 0.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 120 136
Employed 116 133
Unemployed 4 3
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $0 $134
Average Weekly Wage $0 $983
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $496 $49
Average Weekly Wage $407 $664
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $496 $183
Average Weekly Wage $407 $898
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $70 $41
Average Weekly Wage $459 $570
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $567 $224
Average Weekly Wage $414 $838

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Waterville Valley operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 21 23
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Waterville Valley Resort, Inc. Ski area 500 1994
Golden Eagle Lodge Hotel 26 1989
Snowy Owl Hotel 13 1970
Waterville Company Property sales, management, golf course 15 1965
White Mountain Athletic Club Athletic center 10 1986
WVBBTS-SEF Ski Education Foundation 100 1975

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 49
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 28
Distance 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation The Schuss
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth RegionalRunway2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 62 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 76 miles
Portland, ME 90 miles
Boston, MA 127 miles
New York City, NY 323 miles
Montreal, Quebec 215 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 0.0%
Public transportation 5.4%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 14.0%
Worked at home 2.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 63.4%
Commuting to another NH community 17.2%
Commuting out-of-state 19.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Waterville Valley
Other: Full-service Recreation Department; White Mountain Athletic Club; White Mountain National Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/13/17

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